iPhone XS Xs vs Xs Max Camera - Are they really the same?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pixel_junkie, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. pixel_junkie macrumors 6502

    pixel_junkie

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    I had a Xs and went to a Xs Max. Shot a ton of portrait mode pics with the Xs when I had it and was super impressed. Now that I have the Max, I'm a little underwhelmed. I could be losing my mind but to me, there's a difference and the Xs is better.

    With the Xs, I'd always push the f/ stop to a faster setting with great results. With the Max, I find myself going the opposite way and the I'm getting mixed results at the default setting of f/4.5 (background separation is a bit sloppy, not as defined).

    Anyone else notice this or I need to get my head examined?
     
  2. treyhunnid macrumors regular

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  3. pixel_junkie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Something is different. Had XS, went to Max and now I’m back to XS. Portrait mode does not produce the same photos, absolutely certain of it. Regular XS is better. I can’t prove it but I look at photos all day for living (for the past 20 years), difference is there.
     
  4. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    How about you put up two pictures and let the wider audience have a look at what you’re looking at?!
     
  5. pixel_junkie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nope. I shoot my son most often. Same distances, about 3-4 feet, on the Max I was stopping down to about f/7 to get balanced background separation. On the regular Xs, I’m at f/1.8 to get similar look. Also, on the Max, that effect is somewhat sloppy, on the regular Xs it’s perfect.
     
  6. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601

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    Don't know what to tell you, I have them both also and they are the exact same.
     
  7. MyMacintosh macrumors 6502

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    Matter of perspective? For me it was the complete opposite because I felt I could actually see more details in pictures on the screen on the Max
     
  8. pixel_junkie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Maybe. I’m going to test this at my local apple store and will post the pics for you all to see.
     

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